Monthly Archives: December 2011

The Eclectic Reader Challenge 2012

I see this challenge as a good prod for me. I actually do read across genres, but to do so consciously might be another matter entirely. As an educational experience as a writer, I’m certain this will be good for me. Continue reading

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The Meaning of the Christmas Season

Sitting here at my keyboard, I don’t know if you’re Christian, Muslim, Atheist, Agnostic, or whatever, but I do know this: the virtues extolled during the Christmas season are not just for one faith, but for all of mankind. Continue reading

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Book Reviews: What To Expect

I consider myself a forgiving yet honest reviewer. I’m not going to bash an author personally if I don’t like what I’ve read, but I’m not going to give in to the urge to patronize, either. I will post reviews of books I didn’t like so much, but I will be fair and explain exactly why I came to the conclusions I report. And, of course, these very same principles apply to the books I rate highly, as well. Continue reading

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Childish Things

I’ve read great writers describe writing as a chore, a mechanical job that one does, either well or poorly. And I’ve heard as many other writers say that writing is a kind of bleeding onto the page, and just as the ancients believed that a man’s life was contained in his blood, so these writers seem to be saying that the act of writing is like pouring your life out—and maybe even sacrificing it—for your writing. Continue reading

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The Best Laid Plans of Mice and Me

I have several goals for this website, and, to my frustration, I seem to have lost sight of these. At last, what I think I need to do is construct a Mission Statement–some sort of declaration that will act as a reminder for me, as well as a promise to you. Continue reading

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